Matthew Panzarino was Managing Editor at TNW. He's no longer with the company, but you can follow him on Twitter. Matthew Panzarino was Managing Editor at TNW. He's no longer with the company, but you can follow him on Twitter.
Apple has sold out of its initial shipment of iPhone 5’s across all major US carriers including AT&T, Sprint and Verizon. Apple’s own site is sold out of the first shipment, which arrives to customers September 21st, as are the sites of AT&T, Sprint and Verizon.
An Apple spokesperson gave a statement to The Loop about the pre-sales:
“Pre-orders for iPhone 5 have been incredible,” said Apple spokeswoman, Natalie Kerris. “We’ve been completely blown away by the customer response.”
I’ve pictured Apple’s site below as it gives an accurate picture of the current pre-order timing. Nobody in the US is getting an iPhone 5 sooner than the from now unless they’ve already pre-ordered or plan on standing in line at an Apple Store (or perhaps a carrier store) on launch day.
We’ve checked each ordering site as well and Verizon’s says September 26th, Sprint’s says ‘in up to 2 weeks’ and AT&T is promising ’14-21′ business days.
All of the shipping dates being pushed out that far mean that Apple has sold out of its initial iPhone 5 pre-order stock for online ordering.
Pre-orders for the iPhone 5 begin at WalMart tomorrow, as well as Target stores.
As I mentioned before, there are also a couple of opportunities that could net you an iPhone 5 sooner, but they both involve some line sitting. The carrier stores will each likely have their own stock of iPhones, which has numbered in the hundreds at some locations. But your best bet is to get in line at your local Apple Store, which will have far more stock available on launch day and generally turns into a kind of party.
Update: Sprint actually may still have some 64GB iPhone 5’s in stock, as it says “We know you’re dying to get your hands on it. We’ll do our best to make that happen Friday, Sept. 21.” But those are not likely to last.
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